Livermore, California (EastBayDaily) — Dale Eldridge Kaye, current President and CEO of the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce announced that she will be leaving at the end of 2012 in order to head up Innovation Tri-Valley as CEO. It was formed as a collaboration and commitment between key business leaders in the Tri-Valley region of California, which includes Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon.
Innovation Tri-Valley was started in 2010 as an effort to interconnect businesses, research labs, educations institutions and civic leaders in a common and aligned vision to fully leverage the assets and huge potential of the region. The group firmly believes that with a united effort, they can accomplish more to help the regional businesses grow and scale, resulting in job growth and economic and community vitality.
"The Chamber has both led and been the infrastructure for Innovation Tri-Valley. To be a success, this regional organization must have a dedicated staff with laser-like focus on its objectives. With that focus, it has the potential to make a monumental difference in the way the entire Tri-Valley is perceived and to have a positive impact on its economic vitality. Fortunately, Innovation Tri-Valley's goals dovetail elegantly in to what the Chamber does, and that gives me the opportunity to continue to work with the people and organizations I treasure," Kaye said.
Bridgelux CEO, Bill Watkins, added, "As CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, Dale Kaye has played a significant role in fostering the growth and prosperity of the Livermore business community. We are fortunate that she will now bring her deep knowledge of the Tri-Valley region, and her strong, long-standing relationships with the area's business, government and community leadership to her new role as the CEO of Innovation Tri-Valley."
After conducting extensive research, Innovation Tri-Valley found that the region is endowed with world-class business assets that include eleven of the top companies (by revenue) in the entire San Francisco Bay Area, the largest company in revenue in the Bay Area, a high concentration of fast-growing companies, two national labs which are both focused on research and development and a workforce and student base that is well positioned and accomplished as the talent base in Silicon Valley.
Innovation Tri-Valley has been working on several initiatives involving branding, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and a streamlined business permitting process. With a staff, it will move forward in a more significant way and could be transformational for the valley and region.
Jay Davis, President of The Hertz Foundation and incoming Livermore Chamber Board Chair said, "On joining the Chamber Board several years ago, I was very impressed with Dale's ability to see the issues of Livermore and the Tri-Valley at both the tactical and strategic levels. While engaging the hundreds of near-term tasks required to make the Chamber itself successful, she also had the vision and energy to work on the larger, longer-scale issues that would make this Valley grow and be a place people wanted to live and raise families. She has the vision and energy to work on it all, hence her large role in the creation of Innovation Tri-Valley. There is an old expression in boxing, mapped over to politics, about 'punching above one's weight.' Dale certainly can do that. It will be fun to see what she does with this new challenge."
The three areas of focus for Innovation Tri-valley are as follows: Business innovation – Help attract business to the region and help to scale and grow strong roots in the region Cultural innovation – Help create an innovative, regional culture that is globally connected, regionally united and locally unique, developing and retaining top talent from around the world, and enhancing the regional quality of life Public and Private Innovation – Align interest of innovation stakeholders to generate greater funding for economic vitality programs in the region
David Kent, Vice Chairman of The Wine Group LLC and past Chairman of the Livermore valley Chamber of Commerce added, “I first met Dale in 2006 at my interview for a Director position on the Livermore Chamber of Commerce Board and she immediately impressed me as a ‘change agent’ of the highest magnitude. Dale had this incredible vision on how the Chamber could tie the vast but seemingly unconnected resources of the Tri-Valley together and forge an alliance which could elevate our region to be among the best in California. She has tirelessly worked to accomplish that mission ever since.”
Companies in leadership positions with Innovation Tri-Valley include:
Adept Technology Bridgelux Chevron Colliers International Faithful+Gould Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Opus Capital Sandia National Laboratories Spigit Sybase (SAP) Wells Fargo Wente Vineyards Workday WSI Smart Solutions
Also serving on the board are Superintendents from several school districts and other non-profit organizations that are focused on workforce development.
"Innovation Tri-Valley will address a skills gap by connecting business directly with educational institutions. Our goal is to create programs at the K-12 level and the community colleges that address jobs that make up the new economy. It will also help create jobs that are projected to predominate in the next five or ten years," said Kaye.
For more information about Innovation Tri-Valley, visit their website, http://www.innovationtrivalley.org or call 925-290-7266.
Dale Eldridge Kaye
Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce